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. it is a delight. >> i travel through penn station every day along with 500 of mother people -- 600,000 and realize it's a critical piece of transportation and for structure. >> this is a question that has been in the news -- whether restoring the railcars at these railyards was made -- both sites experienced severe damage. what prompted the decision to store the railcars at those sites? >> the decision to put the of equipment in those spots -- first of all, the meadowlands maintenance conflicts -- complex has a couple of hundred cars they're lined up for inspection, maintenance repair and all that. but in making the decisions where we put equipment, and we put it in about 20 locations around the state, in railyards in three states, new york, pennsylvania and our own state. based on the information we had in terms of what the likelihood of flooding occurring, the meadowlands maintenance complex or at the part of hoboken terminal where the hoboken yard, where the acquittal was parked, they did not -- they indicated there was a likelihood in that 80% to 90% range that no flooding would happen there.
penn station accommodates 550,000 passengers today. in 1900, those tunnels were called to expensive, impossible to build. some of cassatt's shareholders thought he was nuts, but can you imagine new york today without it? sandy showed us what new york was without it. it is up to us to create division to do the planning, to execute the project that will ensure we hold true to the basic promise come as the secretary said last week that the america is greater and stronger than the mayor cut our parents left for us, i look forward to answering your questions. >> thank you. i have one quick thing. have you read that book? >> yes, i have, with great interest. >> you are recognized. welcome back. >> thank you, and thank you for your service. one of the other things i would like to thank you about is that you have put a focus on this corridor, and i appreciate that. we have put a vision out in 2010, and by january he began to have hearings, but february of that year, and i would like to summarize, february of that year we proposed a the project to support that vision, and in march, we named
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